Essay writing - why and how

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Essay writing - why and how

  1. 1. Ms Chong’s 6 imperial treasures on Essay writing: SEQ 101 (For desperate students of her classes) [meant to be humorous and maybe read aloud]
  2. 2. Levels What are you doing? 6 – Evaluation You are able to make an objective and balanced judgment about the different arguments of the issue discussed. 5 – Synthesis You are able to make use of your knowledge to present a logical argument about issues you analysed. 4 – Analysis Making connections between the reasons/points and the issues discussed. 3 – Application You are able to provide examples for issues or topics discussed. 2 – Comprehension You are able to rephrase the textbook correctly. 1 – Knowledge You are copying the textbook. It does not matter what you copy. You see a similar word in the question, and you copy the ENTIRE paragraph from the textbook.
  3. 3. Paragraph Burger PE.E.L. Bloom’s Ladder of Thinking Sentence starters The Bun Topic Sentence/Point A sentence which introduces the reason that will be discussed in the paragraph. Analysis After understanding the requirements of the issue, you derive a reason/point that you want to argue about with regards to the issue. [Follow the style of the question when you provide the reason/point] 1 sentence required. The basic needed ingredients Elaboration Describing and defining ideas that is in your topic sentence in more detail so they are easily understood. Comprehension Making use of the knowledge that you have learnt. 3-4 sentences required. The Meat Example Using examples from the textbook to support your reason and make it more credible. Explain and show how it relates to the point you are making. Application Using the examples you have studied to support your point. For example… This is shown in… Such as… 2-3 sentences required. The Bun Link Connects the reason to the issue of the question. Synthesis Connecting the dots to make a logical conclusion between your reason and the issue of the question. As a result of… This means that… Therefore, … 2-3 sentences required.

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